Design and Tech


Sledding grows up—almost

A little perspective on the Strava phenomenon

Is the new Dimond Bike just a buffed-up version of an old cult classic, a truly groundbreaking superbike, or both?

No matter how strange or far-off your destination, a bicycle can connect you in strange and inspiring ways

For travelers and adventurers, this cross between a road bike and an ATV might just be the perfect all-in-one solution.

The 411 for planning your ski trip around the weather

If you’re in the market for a do-it-all mountain bike, the hardtail Trek Stache is less expensive than a comparable full-suspension model and, for the most part, keeps up just fine.

Juicing is the biggest thing to happen to endurance sports since interval training. Time to hop on the bandwagon.

Looking for a little inspiration for your next ride? Look no further than cyclist, triathlete, and double amputee Hector Picard.

The best emergency rescue apps for the wild smartphone user

Whether you think e-mountain bikes are a godsend or an abomination, as companies like Currie Tech prepare to roll out whole lines of electric-assist trail rides for 2014, it’s clear the debate is upon us.

Clothing that’s purpose-built for serious outdoor activities has been migrating to the city for several years now.

A closer look at how air bags increase your chances of surviving a deadly slide

It’s not too late to reboot your career. Just ask David Lang, who bounced back from a layoff by launching a thriving underwater-exploration startup in a matter of months.

6 steps to elevate your game

Getting older doesn’t have to mean getting slower. Not with a leg up from the frontiers of science.

Don't touch that wild water until you've used at least one of these methods

Keep and build a real audience with these simple tips

A camera can capture things the human eye can't—including star trails.

Hack your way to comfort in the great outdoors

The best way to keep your water supply squeaky clean

This titanium-body chronograph is the smallest, sharpest-looking personal beacon we’ve seen.

The outdoors can be deadly if you're unprepared. But these gear items will help you make it home alive—even if everything else goes wrong.

Next-gen satellite phones make it easier than ever to stay connected

Hiking is a gloriously simple activity, but that doesn't mean that there isn't room for improvement. These five products, including waterproof cell phones and rescue-ready drones, could make you look at backpacking in a different light.

Can guidebook companies survive in the digital age? We take a look and try some new alternatives

Flying a kite may be child’s play. But done right it can be serious, no-holds-barred child’s play.

Don’t sweat the small stuff, but be sure to bring it along.

Escaping the easy way with summer’s coolest new ride, the M8 Rivoli

Not everybody can get behind screaming, flourescent shades. That's OK. This year's crossover designs pair subdued styling with hotshot performance.

A first look at four major upgrades for your campsite

Fitness tech to measure your effort, keep you motivated, and let you know when to go hard and when to back off.

Finally, a waterproof gadget fit for an outdoorsman

The world’s most accomplished blind adventurer has jumped out of airplanes, mountain-biked Leadville, and summited Everest. But nothing has proven to be as challenging as his current goal: to solo-kayak the Grand Canyon.

Stay comfortable and illuminated with LuminAid's TPU pillow lantern

R&D at outdoor companies is being revolutionized by 3-D printing. The result: Better gear that gets to you faster.

But, seriously, can what you sleep on really make a difference?

Want to watch the Tour de France but don't have premium cable? Try these nifty alternatives.

Shoes fall into the “do not skimp” category when it comes to gear.

Three Kickstarter-esque projects that caught our eye this week

Want to get rid of that greasy tattoo on your leg? Check this out.

New technology has made it easier than ever to keep real-time tabs on an endless array of fitness metrics. Don't drown in the data stream.

From ferrying kids to preschool to hitting up the farmer’s market, Xtracycle’s beefy longtail can handle it all.

I’m training for a trail race, and I’m looking for a way to bring water for a couple of hours’ run. I don’t want to haul a huge waterbag on my back. What’s my best bet?

A messenger bag for your tablet

Resurrecting a classic—and it's a bargain

My girlfriend is looking for a new phone, and she’ll be using it outdoors a lot this summer. Which one has the most protective case available?

Anson Fogel, founder of Forge Motion Pictures and winner of more than 60 awards at outdoor film festivals, on how to get the most out of your action cam.

Outside picks the best iPhone cases of May 2013, including the Lifeproof Fre

Bell’s new enduro-oriented Super is the latest in a quickly expanding market of all-mountain helmets. But are these new, bigger lids really safer?

Two men who are changing the way the adventure world works

Get your dog airborne with the Doggie BASE Rig from Caninsanity.

A ski binding optimized for uphill and downhill performance

I figure a new do might help me shave some time off of my bike and run. Right now, my hair’s just kind of long. What should I do with it?

A Depression-era insulating material is becoming the hottest thing in outerwear

One of the greatest big-wave surfers alive nearly died on a 50-footer in December. Now many in the surfing world are blaming another heavyweight—and the jet-powered board he was riding.

GoPro shrunk the latest Hero to the size of a dental-floss dispenser and still managed to pack a lot of power.

Christopher McDougall started it, throwing a brick at long-held theories about striding styles and shoe designs in Born to Run—and inspiring believers to wear minimalist shoes or no shoes at all. What followed was a war, pitting lightfoots against traditionalists and filling shoe stores with a mind-numbing array of choices. Who’s right? Andrew Tilin jogs

Behind the customization revolution that's changing the way we buy everything from candy bars to sea kayaks

The Qrave isn't flashy but has plenty of steak-searing power.

Why fitness training via webcam is more popular than ever

The weather's been bad, and all I've been doing is sitting at home and practicing my knots. Is there an app for that?

I'm starting to get more serious about my training. What heart-rate monitor should I buy?

Kickstarter has become the go-to funding source for serious expeditions and boondoggles alike. And that has some benefactors wanting their cash back.

Crowdfunded adventures are great. Here’s how to do them right.

I want to get a small portable solar panel to charge my phone. Do any of the ones on the market work, or are they more trouble than they're worth?

My gym has one of those vibration machines that’s supposed to help you lose weight by standing on it. Do these things really work—and are they safe?

I’ve started using my mobile phone to view topo maps when on the mountain. What app would you recommend to look at them offline?

I want to build an igloo. What kind of tools do I need?

I have a marathon coming up in a few months. How can I get online coaching tailored to my ability? Oh, and how can I get it for free?

When it comes to holiday giving, you should never have to choose. This year, our editors have pulled together 68 perfect ideas—priced from $4 to $50,000—guaranteed to make anyone on your list feel like a million bucks.

Jason Diamond looks at how the Hudson Bay's gone from a treasured heirloom blanket to a vintage fashion piece

Over the past five years, Google has taken its Street View maps to 43 countries, deploying cars, trikes, snowmobiles, and even a submersible to map 360-degree panoramas of the world around us. In June, the company announced a new initiative to bring the same seamless experience into the backcountry in a bid to create the world’s most amazing trail maps.

London is being called the Twitter Olympics—there were more Olympics-related tweets on one day in May than there were during the entire Beijing Games. Here are the Twitter accounts, sites, and apps that matter.

From magic coatings that repel water to wired ski poles, these are the four innovations of tomorrow

Can I transform my smartphone into a more functional piece of gear?

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